Ecothrives Charge is a 100% naturally-produced potting soil enhancer that offers a wide range of biological benefits to your plants. Charge boosts and prolongs the fertility of your potting mix by adding a balance of long-lasting primary nutrients in a highly available form. Composed entirely from the droppings of beetles, this premium grade poop is packed full of beneficial microorganisms and natural plant growth catalysts. Charge will stimulate robust plant growth, improve root zone conditions and create vigorous high yielding plants. It’s also certified for use in growing organic crops by the Soil Association.
- Contains a well-balanced proportion of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium with good availability and long-term supply.
- Promotes a healthy biological presence in the growing media, improving nutrient cycling and availability as well as improved root growth.
- Contains naturally occurring activators of plants’ immune response, elevating defence against bacterial and fungal diseases.
- Easy to apply thanks to user-friendly sandy texture.
- 100% Organic – Approved by the Soil Association.
NPK – 3/2/3
What is in Charge?
Charge is comprised from just one ingredient: premium grade beetle frass. (Frass is the technical term for insect poop.) The specific insects that create Charge are the larvae of Tenebrio molitor beetles, commonly known as mealworms. Charge goes through a number of processes and tests before being packaged to ensure it’s of the highest quality and no actual insects are present.
What do the beetle larvae eat?
Good quality outputs come from good quality inputs! The beetle larvae that make Charge are treated to a diet of organic carrots and wheat bran. These components contain everything the beetles need for a healthy lifecycle. Additionally, this strict vegetarian additive-free diet ensures the mealworm frass is the same high quality each and every time to deliver a consistent product year round.
How Does Charge Work?
Charge improves plant growth in a number of ways. Firstly, Charge provides a range of macro and micro-nutrients needed for healthy plant growth. Secondly, mealworm frass is packed full of beneficial microorganisms. Laboratory tests have shown that Charge consistently contains more than 450 million colony forming units of beneficial rhizosphere bacteria per gram! These beneficial bacteria ‘charge’ the potting mix, making it more favourable for root growth and function, and vastly improve nutrient cycling and availability when growing organically. Finally, being an organic waste from insects, Charge contains derivatives of chitin, which is a modified polysaccharide found in large concentrations in the cell walls of insects. The chitinous derivatives found in Charge are able to naturally elevate the plants in-built resistance to pests and disease, as well as increase growth rates and productivity; ensuring a healthy and fruitful crop.
When Should I use Charge?
For best results, mix Charge into your potting mix before planting. If your growing media has a low-medium nutritional content , such as Coco Coir or straight peat, mix it at 1-2% by volume (10-20ml per L). If you use a heavily fertilised potting soil mix it at 0.5-1% by volume (5-10ml per L). See below for more application info.
In the weeks after mixing into the growing media, water and feed as you would normally. Charge contains a mild kick of nutrients and will compliment your nutrient regime, not interfere with it.
For continued plant health and growth improvement, top dress Charge onto the surface of the growing media every 2-4 weeks.
Charge can also be mixed with water for use as growth boosting foliar spray. See below for more details.
Potting Mix Base
Potting Soil/Potting Compost:
Cuttings / Seedlings / Low Feeding – Mix 5ml per Litre of Soil
Established Plants / High Feeding – Mix 10ml per Litre of Soil
1L of Charge treats 100-200L of potting soil.
Cuttings / Seedlings / Low Feeding – Mix 10ml per Litre of Soil
Established Plants / High Feeding – Mix 20ml per Litre of Soil
1L of Charge treats 50-100L of coco.
Suitable for use in all potting mixes including coco coir, peat and peat-free potting soils.
For best results mix thoroughly with the potting substrate before planting. Follow up with top dressings every four weeks.
Add 2-4ml per litre of potting mix – 1 x 20-40ml scoop per 10L pot
Immediately after applying a top dressing, water the pot well. Repeat every four weeks or as the crop needs.
Add 10-20ml per litre of water
Stir thoroughly for one minute. Water the pot well until run-off occurs. Repeat every two to four weeks or as the crop needs.
Leave tap water to stand overnight before use or, alternately, use rain water or filtered de-chlorinated water.
Outdoor Use – Soil / Raised Beds
At planting or sowing:
Add 50-100g per M2 (2.5-5 x 60ml scoops)
Prepare the area for planting/sowing then lightly fork charge into the top 10cm (4 inches) of soil. Follow up by top dressing four to six weeks later.
Top dress 25-50g per M2 (1.25-2.5 x 60ml scoops)
Evenly sprinkle the measured amount around the base of the plant and water in well. Top dressings can be repeated every four weeks during active growth.
Add 1-2g per litre of water (0.5-1 level teaspoon)
Stir thoroughly for one minute. Leave to stand for 15 minutes. Repeat once, then strain to remove sediment. Pour into a spray bottle and use with 24 hours. Leave tap water to stand overnight before use, alternately use rain water or filtered de-chlorinated water. Repeat applications every one to two weeks.
Compost Tea Supplement
Add 1-2g per L of compost tea brewing water.
Add at the start of the brewing cycle with your usual compost and microbial stimulants.
Adding Charge to your aerated compost tea will increase the microbial biomass and diversity.